Again this year it was an honor and pleasure for Races2U to be a part of the BMW NAC in Las Vegas. Our wonderful sponsor Resolut Marketing again hosted us in their booth, and we really enjoy working with this great team of people. With offices in the US and Sweden, this company provides digital marketing solutions for some of the biggest automotive brands all over the globe. This year they were joined by their collaborative partners Thomas Direct, who provide physical marketing materials such as print and promotional items, and there was a great synergy between them. The amazing people of both organizations as well as all of the other vendors and BMW staff were a lot of fun to work with, and after attending this event the last few years, they are becoming more like friends and family than just another group of people at another event. The event was again at the amazing Aria resort in Las Vegas, and the elegant 5-star venue could not be a better place to host these wonderful people and automobiles. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Resolut, Thomas Direct, and BMW/Mini and to returning again next year.
This may be a bit longer than our normal blog entry, but there were so many interesting things going on at the NASCC conference put on by the AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction) that we just want to share with you. Please make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom- you don’t want to miss anything 🙂
Held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Center in San Antonio Texas, this 3 day conference was about all things steel- fabrication, construction, design and architecture, testing, and more. There were manufacturers of heavy equipment, hand tools, bolts, girders, CNC machines, etc… We were hired by LeJeune Bolt company to act as a draw to their booth at this show, not that they needed us. LeJeune Bolt sponsors the #91 car owned by Team M Motorsports’ Brad and Nancy Mannstedt and driven by Ty Majeski, a rising star in the world of stock car racing. He and the car were both in the booth, and getting to know this talented and humble young man at the show was a real privilege. Along with our race track and the real car and driver, the booth was manned by the amazing staff of LeJeune Bolt Company. You could tell by their interactions with all the other attendees that they were well liked and well respected by their customers and competitors alike, and it was a great pleasure working with them. By the end of the show, they felt more like friends and colleagues than clients, and it was a great experience for the Races2U pit crew.
One of the things we got to do during the rare bits of downtime during the conference was learn about the industry, and the Races2U girls got to play steel workers for a bit using both the Torque and Angle system from our hosts LeJeune as well as a hammer drill from our neighboring booth Hilti Tools. In this video you can see Skylar and Erica learning the trade.
One of the other highlights of the show was the opening day party, put on by one of the shows big sponsors, Peddinghaus Corporation. They really went all out, renting out Howl at the Moon, one of the largest venues on San Antonio’s famous Riverwalk, with a full buffet dinner, open bar, and entertainment provided by none other than the car guy’s car guy Jay Leno. If that wasn’t enough to keep people entertained, later in the evening we were serenaded by winners of a Karaoke contest who were all incredible, but all paled beside the “ringer” singer who was none other than Roderick Dixon, a professional tenor with so many credits to his name we can’t list them all, but you can read about him and hear him on his website.
We could not have planned this better if we tried! By sheer coincidence, there were two large trade shows in completely different industries that happened to be taking place at the same time in the same convention center that both had a racing theme. This was not the first time that Races2U has set up tracks at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center at the National Harbor in Washington DC, but we’re betting it was the first time there were 4 tracks there at the same time!
LKQ Corporation, a large automotive aftermarket parts supplier, was having their annual corporate training March 8-10, and hired Races2U to provide a couple of slot car tracks to provide entertainment for their executives, vendors, and sponsors. In cooperation with LKQ’s marketing partner Club Colors, we branded the cars and track with their logos, and even created a custom car hauler for them. Our tracks were set up in the center of the exhibit hall, and Races2U pit crew kept the races running smoothly throughout the event.
At the same time, Henry Schein Medical was having their national sales meeting in the adjacent hall, from March 9-11, and their theme was “Need for Speed”. They had over 2000 attendees and vendors from various medical equipment and supply companies. Although Horiba did not go all out with renting a large track from us this time around, we were happy to see they did set up a small slot car track in their booth. Alfa Wasserman purchased a Carrera Go! track to be a part of their booth at the show. It was good to see that both the racing theme and slot car racing are still a part of this large event 5 years after we first set up a slot car track for them in Dallas.
Whether your event is big or small, and you need racing entertainment for a dozen people or a thousand, Races2U will bring the fun anywhere you need it!
Races2U just completed another event here in Austin for the Electronic Representatives Association. It was held at Stubbs BBQ on Red River, home of some of Austin’s best BBQ and live music. We set up our NASCAR track out on the deck of their event hall, and the weather was perfect! We created a custom car hauler truck for them, and they were thrilled:
“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the racing at our conference party, and that was no surprise considering how competitive our members are! You should know that we awarded the ERA truck to our first place winner the next day in front of our entire group of attendees. Thanks so much for everything!”
Let Races2U go the extra mile for your next corporate event!
We recently received a consignment of many great, lightly used Carrera items, most of which still have the original boxes and manuals. It’s a great opportunity to expand your track or car collection at less than retail prices. Some of these cars have become collectible, and won’t last long on our shelves. Come check out what we have in store- at these prices, they won’t last long.
Races2U was recently hired to set up a couple of slot car tracks at Flexera Software’s annual sales meeting in Schaumburg, Illinois, a large suburb of Chicago. At first we were a little nervous, as a Texas based company, most of our personnel don’t have much experience with the harsh winters of the Great Lakes. As it turns out, the weather was wonderful, and we were really warmed up by the great reception we received. We were working with the fantastic event planners from Plan On It, and they did an amazing job of putting on this multi-day event for this international Fortune 500 company. There was delicious food and drink, and of course our racing was a part of the entertainment. It was really a privilege to entertain so many great people from all over the world, and we had racers from England, Italy, France, India, and more. It was almost like attending a real Formula 1 race with the international crowd. A big “Thank you!!!” to our wonderful hostesses Lynda and Teresa and the rest of the Plan On It staff, and all the participants from Flexera who raced with us. Our tracks were sponsored by KPMG, and you will note their logo appears all over the track as a thank you for their sponsorship. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without the help of our two amazing “Pit Crew” track attendants, Cierra and Teresa, who kept the races running smoothly.
It’s still not too late to have a slot car track running around your Christmas tree tomorrow morning. We still have a few in stock, and many of them can be set up in 30 minutes or less. Prices start at just $149. We will be open from 10am to 4pm today. Closed Christmas day.
Races2U was in the middle of the action over the Thanksgiving weekend at the George Brown Convention Center in Houston Texas. Our slot cars were right in the middle of some amazing examples of American automotive ingenuity from the earliest cars to roll off Ford’s production line to the latest examples of Detroit’s finest. There was a lot of automotive art, and some amazing custom paint and chrome on display, as well as race cars, fire trucks, a swap meet, and more. Races2U owner was fortunate enough to meet the still dazzling and charming Ms. Catherine Bach, who made “Daisy Duke” a household name synonymous with beauty even 30 years after the show left the air. One of the original “General Lee” Chargers was on hand as well. We even sold a few of our Pioneer slot car replicas of this automotive icon. Of course, we were delighted to meet other cast members and crew from “Dukes of Hazzard” as well, but meeting Ms. Daisy was a special treat. After all, Races2U is known for our beautiful women as well. Our own lovely Laurence turned a lot of heads at the show. We also awarded a Scalextric slot car track to the racer who had the fastest time on our track over the course of the weekend. You can see how happy the family was to be taking home their new Christmas gift. We brought a lot of inventory to sell at the show that we still have in stock, so if you didn’t get a chance to take home your favorite car or track at the show, you can still find them in our online store. A big “Thank You” to all the great sponsors of the show, including O’Reilly Auto Parts, Summit Racing, Dan Kruse Auctions, Tremec Transmissions, and Meguiars Wax.